I was born in Aberdeen. Growing up in a succession of council estates, B&Bs and caravan parks provided me with a keen eye for idiosyncratic behaviour, material for life, and a love of travel.
My first novel, TONY HOGAN BOUGHT ME AN ICE-CREAM FLOAT BEFORE HE STOLE MY MA was winner of the Scottish First Book Award and has been shortlisted for the Southbank Sky Arts Literature Award, Guardian First Book Award, Green Carnation Prize, Author’s Club First Novel Prize and the Polari First Book Award. My second novel, THIRST, was developed with support from the National Lottery through an Arts Council England grant and will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2014. I currently live and write in Hackney.